Look at those eyelashes! How can a guy NOT fall in love.
Eat your heart out,, Krisnia!
And,, she is already pregnant and due in a month.
Less work! Fourteen teats,, two more than her last farrowing of 12 chanchitos. Everyone eats with this girl. This will be her second parto.
What's not to like (maybe that snout)? But,, she seems to be OCD about keeping it clean. She is constantly dunking it into her water bucket and rinsing it off. She is a welcome distraction in my life right now. I scratch her ears and sing "Completamenta Tuya"
I just hope I don't wind up like this guy (only on TRN):
She is a Landrace:
"The American Landrace is a white hog of long body length, having sixteen or seventeen pairs of ribs. The arch of back is much less pronounced than on most other breeds of swine. For some hogs the back is almost flat. The head is long and rather narrow and the jowl is clean. The ears are large and heavy and are carried close to the face. There is an admirable meatiness about them on foot and particularly on the rail. The rumps are long and comparatively level and the hams are plump but trim. The sides are long, of uniform depth, and well let down in the flank. The sows are prolific and satisfactory mothers. The sow have always been noted for their milk producing abilities. Studies have shown that they reach their top milk production after five weeks of lactation which is later than other breeds compared"
I have room for a second sow. The math here is interesting. She farrows twice a year, dropping 10 or 12 chanchitos. I was quoted 2000 cords for two month piglets, although my current vendor says he will sell for 1500. That is still twice what you would pay for a "criollo",, My first two were criollos
I feed them a combination of my ground corn,, some concentrado, and molasses. Table scraps.
Mariposa is getting two liters of milk a day, due to her advanced pregnancy.
They take six months to come to a dressed weight of 160 lbs (from 235 gross,, and some of that other is usable to feed the chickens with). You can grow them bigger,, but you get off the feed/weight gain curve much above 230. In other words,, they are eating more than they are putting on.
Once she settles in,, I'm going to see if she respects my electric fence. If so,, the next time around she could spend some time outside her pen. She's too close to parto at the moment to let her out of the pen. She was being kept in a concrete enclosure about an eighth of the size of what she has now.
The stench at the place I got her from was overwhelming. Whether my wood shavings (cascaria in spanish) will control the odor as they are doing with the chickens is still not known.
She digs a hole into the shavings the length of her abdomen (which are about 8 inches deep now) and puts her panza into the hole, grunts a bit, puts her head down, and closes her eyes. I wish I could find that contentment in my life right now.
Anyway,, some pics of Mariposa: